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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cult Classicinator
Schwarzenegger; love him or hate him you have to give him credit for knowing what he is and what he isn't. He knows his acting presence is never going to be mentioned with the same breathless awe of Meryl Streep. Arnie does a great job of choosing roles that suit him perfectly. One of those roles is the near monk-like silence of the cult classic killing machine known as...
Published on 8 Jun. 2012 by paddymeharg

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Cheap but a rather modest quality print and limited menu options (no subtitles).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cult Classicinator, 8 Jun. 2012
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Schwarzenegger; love him or hate him you have to give him credit for knowing what he is and what he isn't. He knows his acting presence is never going to be mentioned with the same breathless awe of Meryl Streep. Arnie does a great job of choosing roles that suit him perfectly. One of those roles is the near monk-like silence of the cult classic killing machine known as the Terminator.
We can overlook the fact that Skynet chose to send back a Terminator with a heavy Austrian accent to 1980's America because over the twenty or so times I have seen this film I really could not care less. This is probably Schwarzenegger's greatest film. The role doesn't ask too much of him and he plays it perfectly. As soon as Arnie is teleported, crouching fully naked beside a dump truck he is the Terminator. Many people would demean him, claiming it only works because he cannot act. I disagree. Acting is making the viewer believe and whilst watching this film you don't see former Mr Universe, you see an unstoppable cyborg killer would will not stop and not rest until he has completed his task.
What works for The Terminator is the simple premise and James Cameron's ability to put a new spin on something we've seen before. He did it with Alien and like it or not he did it with Avatar. The rules of time travel are well worked out and simply explained. Nothing dead can travel back in time (Hence why we get treated to Arnie and Michael Biehn's buttocks at the start of the film). The Terminator itself cheats this rule by being living organism over metal skeleton.
Perhaps most striking about this film, given that it was made in the action hero 1980s where machine gun wielding bodybuilders was the norm, is that the hero character is female. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is now an icon. She's not the atypical screaming woman who's running up the stairs instead of out the door. She's a normal woman, working part time at a diner, living with a roommate and struggling to find a boyfriend that isn't more concerned about his car. When the time comes, she steps up to the demands of the film. She never thought she could be a hero or brave or fight a cyborg from the future but she does all of these things and the film is really about her and her journey.
Much of the colour and explanation comes from the haunted but utterly devoted Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) who successfully balances the forlornness of the future with his love for Sarah and determined resolve to protect her. He is the underdog in this fight and it's hard not to root for someone so passionate.
A supporting cast of Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen and Earl Boen as the psychiatrist add a light-heartedness to a very bleak and depressing environment. It works. Cameron's direction and pacing transition well between visions of a possible future and the unravelling present.
There is a reason this film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry a requisite being `culturally, historically or aesthetically significant'. The Terminator is all these things. It is a film that has referenced and inspired so many others and if it's not on your list of films to watch before you die, then you are a fool.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you're terminated, 11 Jun. 2009
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Latest DVD release for the terminator.

Let's talk about the movie first, just in case anyone reading this hasn't seen it.

1980's america, and ordinary lady sarah connor has her life turned upside down when a cyborg from the future travels back in time intending to kill her. so that she won't give birth to the man destined to lead the human fight against machines that want to rule the world. Her only hope is kyle reese, a human fighter from the future who has also travelled back in time. But his mission is to protect her. The terminator shatters sarah's life, and she and kyle have to run and fight to survive. To live, Sarah will have to find the will to fightback.

One of the best action movies ever made. It never lets up for a second. And it benefits from excellent casting. Schwarzenegger was originally down to play reese, but we went for the terminator role instead. a smart move because it suits him better. uttering less than forty words in the entire film, he's an absolute force of nature. a seemingly unstoppable force of destruction.

Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton as reese and sarah respectively both fill their characters with so much humanity that you can really root for them.

Violent and with a fair amount of adult language thus a 15 certificate, but never gratuitous. a movie that should be in the collection of every science fiction and action movie fan.

now about the dvd:

this is a new single disc edition with absolutely no extras. The disc begins with the ubiquitous anti dvd piracy add but just pressing next will take you to the main menu. it offers direct scene access, and the following languages and subtitles:

languages: english czech polish

subtitles: english czech danish finnish greek hebrew norwegian swedish.

and that's that. There's no digital restoration or the like to the print, but the picture quality is good enough anyway. if you want to add this to your collection cheaply, or if you want a cheap way to encounter a classic movie you've not seen before, this will suit you fine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great old film, 18 Dec. 2012
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I chose the high rating as this was good value for money for an old classic film that I will enjoy watching again and again
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Termin-great!, 19 Sept. 2012
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Great stuff - a soldier is sent back in time by his son to father him and save his mum from a cyborg.

It's that kind of gritty realism that keeps me hooked on films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of something relentless, 10 Jun. 2015
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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At 30 years old, Terminator can definitely be considered a cult classic.
You can't hide the age of this film, and its SFX haven't survived as well as those in Blade Runner or 2001. But the pace and plot still feel pretty modern - it's not like some old action flicks where it's painfully slow. Arnie hadn't quite refined his mannerisms as the ultimate 'borg, but delivers all the memorable lines (including the first 'I'll be back') in relentless, robotic fashion. And watching him uncurl for the first time after the time-travel lightning storm is still... impressive.
The sequel is undoubtedly more polished, and has way more bang for your bucks. This is surprisingly low-key. But it was also ground-breaking in it day.
Definitely worth watching before you see the new interpretation of the franchise. Still a great film for a Saturday night on the sofa. But a shame there were no special features on our rental copy.
7/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 14 Jan. 2013
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Brilliant film, was unable to get this, other than in a box set, good price, now have complete set very happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious futuristic picture, 3 April 2010
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A Terminator model from the future is sent to 1984 to assassinate Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and her only protection comes from Reece (Biehn) a soldier from the future.

James Cameron's sharp science fiction masterstroke has lived long through its 26 years and has spurned many sequels and parodies that have never matched the true quality of what hit us hard in the mid 1980's.

At a time travel state of media hype with Doctor Who, Bill and Ted amongst others The Terminator lived strongest through the 80's thanks to its bravado impersonal bad guy in Arnold Schwarzenegger and through a plot Cameron devised that has a strong action intrusion that battles significant issues like human survival and the relativity of humanity in adversity.

Opening with some flashing lights and naked men you may wonder what you've flicked on but all becomes clear after the hour when the true meaning of robots and the future is conversed and analysed and up until then its none stop intrigue through these bizarre protagonists hunting down a Sarah Connor.

Cameron shoots in a way that gives the film a thrilling edge between the two characters of the Terminator and Kyle Reese and as of their violent actions trouble ensues and the viewer watching for the first time will be enticed into a gripping mode of adrenaline to see who reaches her first, and to what purpose.

Cameron, a man who once again smashed records with Avatar last Christmas launched into the film world with this film and to many, he has never bettered this bravado showcase of action adrenaline.

Scripting this as well, Cameron brings a new dimension to entertainment through his choice of settings and plot depictions of time and humanity. The final scene in the work place is bravado action excitement with a seemingly never ending fight sequence that generates as much excitement as the first few minutes, showing a good consistency to his works.

Schwarzenegger as many know him at his best gives a wonderfully unemotional and perfectly inhumane performance as the evil Terminator and using very minimal dialogue has created an icon that can only be mimicked.

Linda Hamilton in her most famous on screen performance braves the ordinary into the supernatural role perfectly with the right appreciation of panic and naivety to what is around her. Michael Biehn is wonderfully used as a frustrate figure of responsibility and as a saviour that gives the film a great balance of strong action with powerful dramatic implications.

Whilst there have been 3 sequels thus far and with a fifth in the offing, the story is far from over but with this originality and excellent appreciation of time consequence and action direction, will this picture ever be topped?

9/10
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 6 Jan. 2012
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The Terminator did not need one sequel, let alone three. It was fine as it was; intelligent people can use their imagination and finish the story themselves, they don't need everything explained, every loose end tied up. The Terminator did not deserve the embarrassment of being turned into a family friendly science fiction thriller franchise; it was never meant to be that. It's as idiotic as doing a family friendly version of Caligula. I'll illustrate what I mean by mentioning that the The Terminator was an 18 cert; T2 was a 15; T3 was a 12. See a pattern here? What next, a PG and U to complete the set? Crass commercialism and exploitation, nothing else. The sequels utterly ruined the whole concept: The Terminator was and always will be an adult-oriented, violent, uncompromising, futuristic, dystopian vision of the future, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The Terminator machine goes from being a cold, unemotional, ruthless, relentless killing machine, to being a surrogate father who wouldn't hurt a fly. Such perversion of an iconic character deserves only one response: GIVE ME A BREAK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..TOP 80'S SCI-FI..", 21 April 2012
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This is a cult classic sci-fi movie directed by James (Avatar, Aliens, and Titanic) Cameron, where we see Arnold Schwarzenegger play the iconic movie cyborg for the first time! Great 80s film with now dated cheesy effects but still brilliant performances from the cast, great story and an iconic movie score!! A must own in any sci-fi fans collection of cult 80s movies!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, Forget The Rest, 19 Oct. 2011
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Like with so many things, the original is the best, and the sequels get steadily worse. However, the first Terminator sets a very high standard - this is an excellent film - and so the sequels, while off the heights of the original, are not, at least in the beginning, all bad.
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